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November 9, 2013 Editor 0Tech and innovation
Rwanda’s ‘digital president’ Paul Kagame on technology’s role in Africa’s future
Wired UK interview
Rwanda was consistently praised last week at the Transform Africa summit by presidents, academics, business leaders and others for its progress in implementing technology initiatives, building productive partnerships with the private sector and creating an environment where innovation can flourish.
Report: Africa still needs more ICT education and cheaper tech to grow a competitive knowledge economy
“Africa is no longer struggling with technology,” says Gilbert Mbesherubusa of the African Development Bank. But, he adds, we need to recognise that many people in Africa are still priced out of broadband adoption.
Today’s Complex Data Can Help Predict the Future’s War Zones
For much of the past decade, Afghanistan’s remote Faizabad district remained out of the Taliban’s reach. But the northeastern region has become a target for violence—and according to a new predictive model, Faizabad could get dicey by mid-2014.
Cleaner cookstoves can boost health and slow global warming
World Bank report calls for action to cut common pollutants such as soot, which could save millions of lives every year.
Small-scale agriculture holds big promise for Africa
Supporting smallholder irrigation through finance and technical assistance could significantly improve productivity and incomes
Exports No Longer Sole Path to Economic Rescue
The countries that rely on exporting raw materials like oil and coal or low value-added products such as t-shirts or fertilizer may soon discover that value-adding activity, rather than cheap currency, is the economic requisite in the new era.
Bringing financial inclusion to the Horn of Africa
Zaad mobile wallet powers economic development and job creation in Somaliland.
Last mile distribution
To reach Africa’s poorest consumers, face-to-face contact works best.
The Omidyar way of giving
The founder of eBay aims to be a more entrepreneurial philanthropist than his predecessors.
Stumbling into Philanthropy
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Turning a bunch of money into a lot of impact.
Telling our story
Forget feast or famine, it’s time to tell the complex story of development
NGO communicators, like the wider PR industry, seem more interested in innovating content delivery rather than content itself
Make youth central to post-MDG future
Late last month, the world’s diplomats, CEOs, NGOs, foundations, press and social media magnates gathered in New York City for the “Super Bowl” of global talks (official and unofficial) about the world’s future in the form of the U.N. General Assembly, Clinton Global Initiative, Social Good Summit, and other newer entrants like the Concordia Summit.A Haitian woman and her daughter walk through the Solon Menos camp where they moved after the 2010 earthquake. Haiti is the 4th most at risk country from climate change, according to a new report. Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps.
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